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Bexleyheath leads the way

Bexley digital transport signage

The London Borough of Bexley is leading the way when it comes to transforming Bexleyheath town centre and the local environment.

A new digital display screen which has live public transport information for both buses and trains has been installed in the pedestrianised area near the Clock Tower in Bexleyheath. This has been funded in full by Transport for London.

Cllr Alex Sawyer, Bexley's Cabinet Member for Traffic and Transport said: "Providing better transport information through the use of cutting edge technology such as this will help boost the local economy."

The digital screen will display live real time running information on train services from Bexleyheath, Barnehurst and Bexley stations and will automatically update when departure boards at these stations change. It will also feature live data on buses which serve the town centre, enabling residents to plan their journeys more effectively.

It is the first multi-modal information system to be used in a town centre by a local authority in London. The installation of the screen is part of the second phase of the award-winning Bexleyheath Town Centre Revitalisation scheme. The scheme has transformed the public space in the eastern part of the Broadway, which has improved the business environment, leading to fewer vacant shops and an increased number of people visiting the town centre.

The Bexleyheath Town Centre Revitalisation scheme has been recognised as innovative with a number of other local authorities in England seeking to replicate it. When giving it a certificate of high commendation, the judging panel of the Urban Transport Design Award 2015 commented that: "Practitioners should visit Bexleyheath, observe and see what they can learn."